WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Weather Service (NWS) reports a powerful Pacific storm is approaching the West coast. Gusty winds are expected to drive heavy rainsqualls into the Californian and Oregon coasts by this evening. Thunderstorms are possible in northern California, mostly in the western mountains. NWS forecasters also expect heavy high elevation snowfall in the northern Sierra and Oregon Cascades tonight. Snow showers will spread inland overnight.
NWS has issued a coastal flood watch from Cape Shoalwater, Wash., south to Florence, Ore., for later tonight into Wednesday. The coming storm is expected to produce seas to 30 feet along the coast during the watch period.
Windy conditions will also accompany the approaching storm. The NWS has issued a high wind watch for this afternoon and evening for the south Oregon coast including North Bend, Gold Beach, Brookings, Coquille and Powers. Winds this afternoon will increase to 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph in some coastal communities.